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In Reply to: Dial thermometers for smokers posted by McRibs on November 14, 2013 at 09:50:27:
Maybe consider other alternatives to a fixed position installed dial thermometer.
A cable style thermometer can be used to monitor your pit's temp in different positions whereas a fixed position installed dial thermometer is limited to monitoring only a single location... which may or may not be where your meats are within your pit.
If your pit has different level racks each rack's ambient temp will most likely be different.
A cable style thermometer with the probe inserted into a holding device can be positioned anyplace within your pit and let you know exactly what the ambient temp is where your meats are.
Multiple cable style thermometers placed on your various racks can provide you with valuable info to figure out what combination of exhaust vent setting along with your firebox vent settings is best for minimizing the range of temps within your pit.
We use a Russet potato cut in half for the "holding device" and angle the probe so it's tip (where the heat is measured) approximates the height of the meat being cooked. If you use a potato be sure to wipe off the tip of the probe after you insert it into the potato as the juices from the potato will glaze over and give you a false reading. The potato at the end of the cook tastes pretty OK.
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